Saturday, 31 March 2012

Thank goodness for thumbs!

Of course for obvious reasons I love opposable thumbs - all the wonderful things we can do that many other creatures can't!

But in this case more importantly for aiding in sleep.

Thank you thumbs - it gave us a lovely peaceful evening to watch tv like real people haha.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Managing a Menu for Healthy Eating - Thank You Pinterest!

Great "how to" located on this blog here to build your own!

I was crusing Pinterest weeks ago and saw this. I knew we needed it to be able to really manage healthy eating. It is so hard to put together healthy meals on the fly when your cupboards and fridge don't' have the ingredients you need. Not even close most of the time.

My supplies! Great finds for great prices - total spending under $20.

In progress! Gluing the clothespins on with glue gun.
I was inspired to do a style similar to the original pin. I wanted to switch it up so I tried several different layouts and even hoped to squeeze in a grocery list there but I came back to the original design in the end.

One layout thought...
Covered crayon boxes.

The most time consuming part was coming up with all the meals which Scotty and I did together one evening on the computer. We picked about 35 mains and 25 sides. Of course the meals will be unique at times and we may not have the exact label for it. But if we have a general idea of 7 meals (not assigned to a certain day so we can be flexible) ahead of time we can be sure to have all the right groceries to make really enjoyable meals.

Final product - love it!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Jack's Story

This little guy is finally finding his voice and putting together some real humdinger stories. He tells stories to the TV, Momma and Daddy, Lucy, Sirius and his toys.
Haha - enjoy. Don't worry - he's happy. That is just how he expresses himself lately.

Yup, it is really adorable and loud.  Love this little guy to bits but we don't envy us either :)

Finally some homemade Chinese food (Darn you Big Bang Theory)

We have had the best luck with this recipe.

As people trying to eat healthy - Chinese food is seriously not on the menu. Unless you count cooked vegetables and steamed rice as chinese food (which we don't haha).  We watch Big Bang Theory all the time and they are constantly eating chinese or some kind of takeout in little white boxes which really gets you hungry!

We tag teamed this meal - between feeding Jack his cereal and then getting him cleaned up ( I swear he wears most of it!) the dinner hour is a two person job!
I've finally tracked down a great homemade Beef and Broccoli recipe which we made tonight for dinner. Absolutely delicious and not too tricky to make at all. If only we had really cool takeout boxes it would have been perfect.  Visit here for recipe and method from Iowa Girl Eats (with GREAT step by step photos so we didn't do a detailed one for here). She also finds inspiration for Chinese food from Big Bang Theory, so i'm SO relieved we aren't the only ones.

Here is snaps of our dinner!

Cooking away!
You would think we would be used to working in a small space therefore not need to use EVERY inch of our huge kitchen... 

Yum Yum  Yum!
It was as great as we hoped - definitely give this recipe a try if you love chinese food but are trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle!  Now we just need to figure out healthy deep fried wontons ... :)

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
(We changed a few things because we had a different set of ingredients/tools)
Serves two
1/3 pound flank steak, sliced very thin and against the grain
3 cups broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
steamed basmati rice
For the beef marinade:
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
For the sauce:
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1. Place the sliced beef in a large ziplock bag. Stir together the marinade ingredients and pour into the bag. Smoosh to coat the beef in the mixture, then let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 2 minutes, or until crisp tender. Do not overcook as the broccoli will cook a bit more later in the recipe.
3. Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
4. In a large wok or frying pan heat the oil then gently place the beef in the wok and spread into a single layer. Let the beef cook for 1 minute without touching it.
5. Add the garlic and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add in the sauce and broccoli. Bring the sauce to a boil, then add in the cornstarch dissolved in water. Cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Serve over rice, if desired.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Track your outdoor workouts : MapMyFitness

Don't worry - There's an App for that! 

And in this case, there really is.  I've been using MapMyFitness apps since we lived in Dartmouth to track my routes as I jog/walk/run. It is a great way to be sure of the distance, rate of pace and duration.  Recording your workouts gives you a visual representation of your hard work and I think that is a great motivator. It is great to be able to check what your average pace has been so you know where you can improve or if you need to slow down to complete your route without overdoing it.

If you think I was going to post pics of me exercising you're laughing, instead I'll share the views I get while walking in beautiful Fredericton on their amazing walking trails. 
For new moms like me, getting back into the routine of exercising (it is a long and difficult road for sure) I've been told easing into it is best.  Starting with low impact cardio and toning routines such as walking and yoga/pilates will insure you get your strength back to enable you to really get moving safely.  I thoroughly enjoy long dog walks with Lucy and before Jack was in the picture I enjoyed jogging/running too.

We had to get a little creative and do some off-roading with the stroller as the flood waters are eating away my space on the walking path!
I want to get back to that level of fitness where I can enjoy those things but without hurting myself.  Through discussions with my doctor and reading many articles I feel that I have been able to create informed plan to get back into the fitness life I had before Jack.

Snoozing like a boss, this guy really digs the long walks all snuggled up and getting some fresh air. 
Fortunately with a great jogging stroller, a patient pooch (she loathes the jog for a few minute then speed walk sort of pace) and a cooperative baby (he power naps as I power walk) this plan is coming together nicely. I use MapMyDogWalk app to record my pace so I know that I am keeping up with what I need to and my distance to insure I'm getting the right amount of Kms. I also REALLY enjoy the confirmation that I exercised besides the feeling of complete exhaustion haha.

Fortunately for Fredericton this is as high as the water came for this part of spring flooding!
For some really amazing shots of Fredericton flooding in 2008 check out my Aunt Gails photos she's shared from her blog here.
This app has a bundle of great features such as Nutrition where you can record your daily calorie intake, weight, how much water you've drank, and keep a food journal. You can add friends to your app to connect with them and share workouts to utilize the power of a workout buddy. You can even let your friends watch your map live as you are out exercising. By using the GPS capabilities on the iPhone you can track your route exactly and even have a voice inform you when you've done __ amount of Kms (or miles if you prefer). You can share this progress with Facebook or Twitter or privately record it in the app so you can review your history.

One of the really great things about this app is that it also provides you access to a Dogwalking/running/jogging/biking/hiking community that share's their routes and comments on them.
Now in a small town I am sorry you are unlikely to have many people sharing but in a bigger city it is a great resource for someone looking to explore new routes.  Comments like "wonderful views, nice breeze", "paved and great elevation" and "always seems to be a large stray dog hanging around" are really helpful and can let you make an informed decision about your travels.


For a very little price on the App Store (I believe they are $2.99 or free each... I can't check because I've already purchased them haha) you've got a great tool to help you stay motivated and informed about your workouts!

Monday, 26 March 2012

They see me Rollin'...

He's really getting good at rolling front to back, and is slowly mastering back to front.

But of course you don't get great without practice!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Jumpin Jack Flash

For a little guy who loves to move - this is a great new adventure every day! We put down a little mat so he could get some traction and it's really helping him dance.

Where are my arms Momma?

Thos are some chunky little feet!

This guy loves to wiggle, shimmy, swing and break out some unusual dance moves while in his swing.

Enjoying the garden motif of his new mat - sweet Dollarama find!
I just had to share this moment in time - he oodled and danced for a solid half hour while I snapped pics and chatted while cleaning.

Still interested in that new funny looking camera... 

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Fisher Price's Appivity Case

I'm sure it is NO surprise to anyone that this toy has entered our lives. Jack has been exposed to Apple products from the first few minutes of his life (first pics awesomely taken by Grammie's iPhone) and I'm certain they'll surround him for MANY years to come. 

For $14.99 from Winners - adorable fun while protecting your iPhone!
For anyone who has an iPod Touch or iPhone and a baby to entertain I highly recommend picking one of these babies up! Absolutely hilarious to watch a baby play with the Fisher Price apps that are free downloads from the App Store. 

The case allows your device to easily snap in and be protected by a thin film that still allows you to use the touch screen but shields it from drool. The home button is inaccessible which is perfect as babies don't really need to be pushing any buttons anyway. 

It is also great to use during FaceTime so the baby won't hang up on people accidentally and can safely watch themselves in the camera. So Sweet!

Counting and Animal games!
Not only does he have an Apple obsessed family but his Daddy is proudly beginning a new career path with Apple working full time as the National Mentor for the Campus Rep Program and coordinator for the online education store. We're SO proud of Daddy for his hard work and excited for him to be working for one of the greatest companies in the world.

And now Daddy has got a lot to teach Jack about iPhones!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Eureka! A new walking route!

With a little thinking outside the box we've found a new walk route. The one problem with our location is that there aren't any great walking routes for a stroller and dog. On a fairly short private dirt road that ends on a busy 80km speed stretch of road there just isn't far we can safely go until now!

Beautiful Fredericton North Side (from the walking bridge)
With the weather being spring/summer-like we hopped in the car and headed out on an adventure!

Jack had a wonderful snooze and Lucy and I loved the beautiful views of the river in the sunshine.  Towards the end of our walk the lunch crowd was out and it became quite busy.

We even saw a samoyed dog. For those who don't know a American Eskimo dog like like driving a motorcycle or having an Xring. You are immediately part of a close knit fluffy white dog club that you always talk to and share with.
White dog approaching - I could only get this photo before having to tame Lucy.
We chatted with Chooki's owner and 4 year old friend and Lucy was well behaved although clearly terrified of the big dog. She enjoyed the little girls squeals and pats though.

Our 4km walk was so great we're headed out on it daily now - loving it!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

"You're Doing Okay, Mom." Genius!

Let me preface this with the fact that we are brand new to cable TV. We have been in the "dark ages" of downloading and commercial free for a while now.  So if you have seen this commercial months ago and think I'm crazy for only blogging it now - understand I'm still new to this!

(Click on link to be taken to video)

I would like to share this beautiful piece of advertising. They really know exactly what a new mom needs to hear and hearing it as though it is coming from your baby is genius.

I'm not going to lie I bawled like a baby when this came on - just ask Scott I needed a big hug after this 30 seconds. (It was a happy cry don't' get me wrong!)

In case you decide "Ugh I don't want to watch yet another YouTube video" I'll type out the lines that really got me.

"I know we haven't known each other long, but you seem like a real keeper"

"Anyway, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you ... you know right? How much I love you?"

(Oh please I'm tearing up just rewatching it again)

For those who are wondering why this commercial speaks to new moms so much - here is it in a nutshell. Because we constantly focus on "Is everything going ok?" "Does anyone realize how much I do?" and sometimes... "Does this baby even realize I'm his mom and I'm new at this!?"

Sometimes it is just gold to hear some reinforcement that you're doing okay and your baby loves you.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Lawn by Boon

How happy am I that the drying rack I was drooling over had JUST arrived in stock at Room to Remember Kids? 


Today I left Jack and Daddy behind and went shopping for some baby things. Now that Jack is older we needed to look into a few kinds of soothers to suit he needs! Let me just say - it is SO fun shopping for baby things when you have a purpose and aren't just randomly buying because everything is SO CUTE. First lets model the two fun soothers I picked up for Jack at Stylin Momma and Tot that were 40% off. 

A weird little raspberry like soother that is bumpy and he enjoys rubbing his gums on. 

(the next one is a two parter)

It is a little ladybug soother that has wings that snap shut when it hits the floor. So perfect for his newest experiments with "cause and effect" (otherwise known as throw stuff on the floor).

Enjoying a new teether also we picked up in the US of A :). 

Now onto the Boon drying rack.  I have drooled over this for drying all of his little baby things like soothers and breast pump parts. But there was no real justification for buying it just yet. 

 And for those who haven't breast fed a baby you don't understand the ENVY we have for the cute bottles that formula fed babies get to enjoy. So now that Jack is attempting cereal I can justify picking up this drying rack. (and some cutie patootie feeding items!)

That's right - I washed EVERY teething ring and plastic toy he uses just so I could prove how awesome this drying rack was. 

Fits everything I could ever hope to wash of Jacks and it is dish washable. The grass blades keep everything on it and nothing falls through the cracks to get lost. The grass tray lifts out and you just dump the water into the sink and let dry. Fabulous!

I highly recommend this product to any new parent but especially those that formula feed and have many bottles etc to clean and dry every day! But even those who are breastfeeding can use this for soothers, dishes, spoons, breast pump parts etc.

And it just looks darn cute on your counter :)